Business track

How do you make a living in open source?
Share what you know about making a living in the f/oss world. From finding open source jobs, to choosing a software license, to open source-friendly business plans, to making the sales pitch and connecting with customers.. Example topics from the past include “Learn Tech Management in 45 Minutes” and “The Independent Software Developer.

Sessions for this track

* "Give me money" or "join me in doing this great thing"? A workshop on asking for donations from individuals

If you care about a project or cause, but fear adding individual fundraising to your business plan, come to this long-form workshop. By the end, you will enthusiastically seek out opportunities to ask for money and know how to build a strong community of support over time.
Business
Kellie Brownell

* Bitcoin and the Law - Whither Transactions?

How does Bitcoin interact with the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act and other laws regulating ecommerce? Do those acts even contemplate a decentralized currency? Where do we go from here?
Business
J-P Voilleque

* Conducting Your Open Source Project

How are open source projects like symphonies? In this session, we will review leadership strategies and insights gained from conducting non-profit amateur performing ensembles. We will discuss how to coordinate and lead teams of volunteers in both top-down and self-governing organizations.
Business
Michael Alan Brewer

* How Good is My Business Idea? Strategic Analysis for Techies

We'll look at methods for evaluating business ideas with a focus on business strategy. We will see how building a business on Open Source changes the equation and will look at the many mistakes I made with Elevated Code.
Business
Mike Mangino

* Moonlighting in Sunlight

How to deal with legal issues around having a day job and working on open source projects on the side.
Business
Paula Holm Jensen

* Negotiation: Because You're Worth It

There's only one person who wins when you don't negotiate, and it's not you. But, as any logician will tell you, that doesn't tell us about what happens when you do negotiate. I'm here to help!
Business
Noirin Plunkett

* Product Management in the Open (Source) - community and direction

Product Management is a generally well defined discipline inside large corporate organizations. But how does it work in the open source world? Do we need it? How does product consensus happen in open source?
Business
Larissa Shapiro

Proposals for this track

* Crash Course in Business Startup Logistics

Businesses open and close at an alarming rate, often because the people start them with a vision of a must-have product or service but without much actual business knowledge. This tutorial is for tech-minded people who have the product vision but no idea where or how to start turning it into a real business. Learn startup logistics from a fellow geek, not from a suit.
Business 2013-02-05 19:31:35 +0000
VM Brasseur

* Autosustainable Services: Open Source for SaaS

Software has open source. Software as a Service has no equivalent. This is holding the web back.
Business 2013-03-23 22:37:57 +0000
Jeff Lindsay

* Driving Open Data - Dragging 20th Century Institutions into the 21st Century

Most open data comes from organizations that are already open, or want to be open. How do we access the massive amount of data locked in institutions with no incentive for openness?
Business 2013-03-23 06:20:53 +0000
Ryan Urabe

* Earning A Living On Open Source

What if you could spend all your time working on open source technologies and still pay the bills? Sound like a dream? For many developers it's not - it's their daily reality! Learn what it takes to work on open source technologies and products day in and day out from Brandon Savage, an employee of Mozilla, arguably the world's largest open source project.
Business 2013-03-06 14:52:14 +0000
Brandon Savage

* Freedom or Swag? -- OLD MAN YELLS AT CLOUD

This is why we can't have nice things, peace, or privacy: When closed software or services are offered for free or cheap and found to be "good enough", the market creates barriers to innovation and freedom. Surrendering freedom is convenient and easy, keeping it requires ongoing vigilance. Why would a business not give its customers what they want?
Business 2013-03-24 06:55:58 +0000
Eric Wilhelm

* Guerrilla Open Source

Come hear tales of how Open Source can survive, and even thrive, within the confines of some of the world's largest technology companies.
Business 2013-03-09 08:50:29 +0000
Joshua Ballanco

* Hacking: the Product Management Superpower!

I'm a web hacker first - this means I can express myself as easily in code as I can in prose or a spreadsheet - probably better. As I've tackled this new role I've discovered that my hacking abilities are actually like a superpower, allowing me to be more independent and productive than I otherwise would be. Why? Simply put, the most important resource I have to make the right product decisions is data, so the key skills I have at my disposal are my abilities to query, filter and analyze available data sources to really understand my users.
Business 2013-02-22 01:38:17 +0000
Jeff Griffiths

* Introducing Open Companies

Learn about open companies, a new way to organize work that combines the best of companies with the best of open source.
Business 2013-03-08 21:23:40 +0000
Chad Whitacre

* Lessons Learned from starting an Open Source Office

Twitter recently created an Open Source Office. Throughout this adventure, many lessons were learned and should be shared.
Business 2013-01-22 22:25:05 +0000
Chris Aniszczyk

* Making Distributed Teams Work For You

Every company has encountered the same problem before: the best person for a role lives somewhere else. The company has to make a choice: hire the person remotely or lose out on a great opportunity. Too often, companies aren’t ready to hire remotely, and they lose top talent as a result. Learn how to construct a distributed team that is just as effective as the team you have in house. Brandon has been working remotely for more than two years, and will share his experiences working on a distributed, multinational team at Mozilla.
Business 2013-03-06 15:00:44 +0000
Brandon Savage

* MUBSER

not required specific people
Business 2013-02-04 21:53:40 +0000
islam nazir

* On Freelancing: Opensource == Food?

We all love great opensource projects and great food, and luckily one can make the other for us!
Business 2013-03-05 13:44:17 +0000
Martha Chumo

* Open Source communities in a for profit world

How do you reconcile both community and business needs in an open source project?
Business 2013-02-01 13:54:36 +0000
John Mertic

* Open Source Doesn't Have To Mean Free

At some point in the past, somehow the idea of open source began to mean that it had to be free. Yet some of the best businesses on the web are built on open source technologies and they earn a decent profit. Is this idea at odds with the open source philosophy? In a word, no. Learn why earning a profit from open source isn't bad, and what you should do to make sure your company is a good open source citizen.
Business 2013-03-06 14:48:44 +0000
Brandon Savage

* Open source projects and client work, a perfect match

Learn how ThinkShout has managed to release valuable open source contributions on the backs of our client engagements.
Business 2013-03-07 20:24:04 +0000
Lev Tsypin

* Open Sourcing Book Publishing

You've got a great idea for a book. You write a publisher. You get accepted! Then you find out that they'll pay you $500 and a 10% royalty for your book rights, in exchange for your heart and soul over the next six months. You're crushed. Is there a better way? There certainly is!
Business 2013-03-06 16:40:03 +0000
Brandon Savage

* Pinoccio - Building an Open Hardware Company, Year 1

From starting an open-hardware business, to designing user-centric products, to running a successful crowdfunding campaign, to managing manufacturing and fulfillment. There are lots of unknowns. We'll cover all the gory details of how we started Pinoccio, including lucky breaks and silly mistakes.
Business 2013-03-20 18:22:29 +0000
Eric Jennings, Sally Carson

* Pricing: Uncensored

Pricing is an issue with which even non-profits need to wrestle. It's a necessity for a healthy, growing business. There is no shame in pricing, nor in understanding its principles and how to do it correctly, respecting everyone's needs and boundaries.
Business 2013-02-05 19:48:19 +0000
VM Brasseur

* The reality of building an open source photo platform

Lessons learned from quitting my job to start an open source photo platform.
Business 2013-03-17 02:24:43 +0000
Jaisen Mathai

* The Social Web has become a Hostile Web and How We Start Fixing That

There's a bodega across the street from the loft where my partner and I live. To get there, I walk out the door and up to a crosswalk, there's a button that activates warning lights indicating that someone's in the crosswalk which I press, and then cross the busy street. I walk into the market, get a six pack of my favorite IPA, pay cash for it, and return home. Now, let's go shopping online! Here's a suggested list of steps for using a browser safely as given by the CTO of a security company. And this list only covers browsing, not shopping. # Uninstall client-side Java. # All browser plugins should NOT auto-run, instead configured to "click-to-play." # Install security and privacy protecting add-ons including Adblock, Disconnect, Ghostery, Collusion, and NoScript. # this list continues for several more steps... I'd also suggest installing some software that alerts you to unexpected outgoing requests your computer is making. And all of this before typing anything into the URL bar, or the search box (by the way, did you turn autocomplete off?) All of those steps are like having to put on body armor, hard hat, safety googles, and goalie pads just to cross the street to my local market. Worst of all, I have to understand the underpinnings of the web to see why I'd want to take those steps. Something's gone terribly wrong with the web.
Business 2013-03-24 00:22:42 +0000
Bill Humphries

* The Tao of Project Management (It's Not About The Tools)

It's generally agreed that successful project management is part science, part dark art. This talk gets deeper into the types of people and processes at work that make a project successful.
Business 2013-02-18 23:00:19 +0000
Adam Edgerton

* We're All Angels Now: Crowdfund investing, and the beginnings of the Open Startup movement

We've done a great job getting open source into companies. But we've struggled to improve the openness and transparency of the companies themselves. Learn how Crowdfund Investing is combining with the Open Startup movement to to give the open source community a transparent and powerful new way to build companies, how it works, and how we can all benefit from it.
Business 2013-03-23 00:12:19 +0000
Kyle Drake

* What the Hell Just Happened? How to kill great ideas and alienate everyone by mismanaging your project.

You had the best idea ever. You even had everyone convinced it was the best idea ever. You had a proven plan for project management strategy. But now your best idea is smoldering on the ground, and everyone is running for the exits. What the hell just happened?
Business 2013-03-20 22:27:58 +0000
Chris Chiacchierini

* WHO GIVES A BRAND? What the big fuss is and some branding tools to help you kick ass

Authentic branding that truly communicates your team’s personality, philosophy, and mission connects with your user base in an authentic way. Learn a sure-fire process to uncover your brand and “target audience”.
Business 2013-03-19 22:02:25 +0000
Alicia Nagel

* Why Licenses Matter to Your Ability to Make a Living

WordPress is the basis for thousands of businesses these days. But the interpretation of the GPL followed by the WordPress Foundation has left many users wondering if it's the best open source project to depend on a living from. This talk will cover a discussion of the licenses open source projects use and how that impacts business.
Business 2013-01-30 03:45:33 +0000
Thursday Bram

* Working the System: Secrets of a Hiring Manager

There's no nice way to say it: Job hunting sucks. To succeed you need diligence, strategy and intel on your opponent. Come learn the tech hiring process from the point of view of the person on the other side of the table: the hiring manager.
Business 2013-02-05 19:45:52 +0000
VM Brasseur